Case Definition

A set of uniformly applied criteria for determining whether an individual should be identified as having a particular disease, injury, or other health condition. In epidemiology, particularly for an outbreak investigation, a case definition specifies clinical criteria and details of time, place, and individual. Classification of cases based on the gold standard definition of a case of the given disease, often based on laboratory confirmation results.

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Authors U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); Office of Workforce and Career Development (OWCD); Career Development Division (CDD)
PublicationTitle Principles of Epidemiology in Public Health Practice, Third Edition An Introduction to Applied Epidemiology and Biostatistics - Glossary
PublicationType Textbook/Course
PublicationYear 2012
Publisher Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
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Category Sampling and laboratory testing;Epidemiology
ModifiedDefinition false
Sector Animal Health
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Provided by: EJP ORION project
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Author taras_guenther
Last Updated 28 April 2020, 01:35 (CEST)
Created 26 September 2019, 13:02 (CEST)